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Project by BrettGoodermote posted 10-05-2017 01:29 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Maple and Red Oak mallet for a friend a few weeks ago.

Today I arrived at my day job and saw him using it!! Man, it is really nice to see your projects used as they were intended.

I need to get better at making the handles and fitting the heads but overall for a second attempt, this is not bad at all.

I hope you enjoy. No video on this build but I wanted to share just because I like it!

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doubleDD

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#1 posted 10-05-2017 01:50 PM

Nice job on the mallet. You are so right when you see something you made being used, it give off a great feeling. Just a suggestion, round off the corners of the striking face just a bit to help prevent any dent lines.
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#2 posted 10-05-2017 01:59 PM



Nice job on the mallet. You are so right when you see something you made being used, it give off a great feeling. Just a suggestion, round off the corners of the striking face just a bit to help prevent any dent lines.
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- doubleDD


Thank you doubleDD!!

I had not considered rounding any of the corners before. I will have to do that on the next one for sure.

Thank you for the welcome!!

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 10-05-2017 05:04 PM

Very pretty.

I made my shop mallets that get hard use from hardwood branches; just a hole and a handle.
Not near as pretty; but, eventually I am going to wreck them and will not care..

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BrettGoodermote

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#4 posted 10-05-2017 05:11 PM



Very pretty.

I made my shop mallets that get hard use from hardwood branches; just a hole and a handle.
Not near as pretty; but, eventually I am going to wreck them and will not care..

- ralbuck


Thank you Ralbuck!!!

I thought about that style also, but I like the process in making this style. I may have to try it that way in the future just to say I did one!! HAHAAHHAHAHA

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 10-06-2017 02:58 AM

Nice looking beefy mallet. Might suggest one side be faced with leather.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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BrettGoodermote

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#6 posted 10-06-2017 12:34 PM



Nice looking beefy mallet. Might suggest one side be faced with leather.

- woodbutcherbynight

Thank you woodbutcherbynight!!! That is a great idea. I already gave this one away but I will keep that in mind for any future mallets. Is there any particular adhesive you recommend for attaching the leather? I have seen epoxy and contact cement used.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 10-06-2017 01:49 PM

This is a very nice shop made mallet.

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BrettGoodermote

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#8 posted 10-06-2017 02:01 PM



This is a very nice shop made mallet.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thank you, helluvawreck!!!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 10-08-2017 12:33 AM


Is there any particular adhesive you recommend for attaching the leather? I have seen epoxy and contact cement used.

- BrettGoodermote

I have two I made. One I used contact cement, this one my wife uses to crush croutons, pecans and such. The other one I used epoxy, this one I use to persuade things to go together. Neither has failed. Been about 1 1/2 years or so of use. Worked well this evening knocking some cigar boxes apart to make smaller for parts trays.

Another lumberjock, Bearpaw, gave me some IPE, may break down and make a heavier one for those times when extra persuasion is needed.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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BrettGoodermote

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#10 posted 10-08-2017 12:41 AM


Is there any particular adhesive you recommend for attaching the leather? I have seen epoxy and contact cement used.

- BrettGoodermote

I have two I made. One I used contact cement, this one my wife uses to crush croutons, pecans and such. The other one I used epoxy, this one I use to persuade things to go together. Neither has failed. Been about 1 1/2 years or so of use. Worked well this evening knocking some cigar boxes apart to make smaller for parts trays.

Another lumberjock, Bearpaw, gave me some IPE, may break down and make a heavier one for those times when extra persuasion is needed.

- woodbutcherbynight


Thank you for the input. I will grab either one then lol. I like the contact cement but epoxy tends to be cheaper locally.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 10-08-2017 01:48 AM

I keep both in stock. Contact cement is something that has alot of uses such as Formica work for countertops or drawer bottoms. Do take a piece of tape and write the date of first use so you know how old it is.

This takes time to develop as a habit but saves so much trouble later.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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BrettGoodermote

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#12 posted 10-08-2017 01:05 PM

Great way to keep track of them!

How long do they typically keep?

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#13 posted 10-11-2017 05:00 PM

Hard to say. If I open it and it smells or looks bad, and has a older date I just fill with sawdust and dispose of them. To keep from wasting too much I buy smaller quantities of stuff I do not use as much. Like oil based paints. Other things like polyurethane, or wood glue I keep gallon or so of. That gets used within a year easily.

Even if the stuff is old you still have the original container with the paint code on it if you need to match something up.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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BrettGoodermote

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#14 posted 10-11-2017 05:04 PM



Hard to say. If I open it and it smells or looks bad, and has a older date I just fill with sawdust and dispose of them. To keep from wasting too much I buy smaller quantities of stuff I do not use as much. Like oil based paints. Other things like polyurethane, or wood glue I keep gallon or so of. That gets used within a year easily.

Even if the stuff is old you still have the original container with the paint code on it if you need to match something up.

- woodbutcherbynight


Thank you!!

Except for glue, I have been buying small just because I have been concerned with this!! The glue I buy by the gallon because it’s cheaper and the frequent use certainly warrants it.

I think I will stay with the smaller amounts for now. Thanks again.

-- I am here to learn and share. Please feel free to check me out on YouTube as my channel grows @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCffNPBDEoC9phrSH5f-7_0w

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